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More and more people in America are taking to lifestyle changes and natural treatments as cure for their ailments. The dramatic increase in baldness in the population of Japan after World War II clearly demonstrates that the prevalence of baldness can be influenced by diet and lifestyle. It is believed that increased saturated fat intake, decrease in aerobic exercise and general 'westernization' has been responsible for a dramatic increase in incidence of male pattern baldness in the Japanese population.

A healthy and balanced diet, low in fat and high in fiber, fresh fruit, and vegetables can have a major role in inhibiting hair loss associated with aging and genetics. Some of the herbal nutrition supplements and some fruits which contain antioxidants serve as natural medications for hair loss. All or some of the herbal and nutritional supplements described below are an integral part of male Hair Growth Products. The properties of some herbal nutrition supplements and some other nutrition supplements as hair loss treatments are discussed below:

Saw Palmetto for DHT Hair Loss

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is a palm-like plant that is native to North America. An extract derived from saw palmetto berries contains fatty acids and sterols. Saw palmetto is commonly used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia because it inhibits testosterone’s action on the prostate. Extracts of Saw Palmetto block 5-Alpha-Reductase, reduce DHT uptake by follicles, and block binding of DHT to androgen receptors. The liposterolic extract of saw palmetto combined with beta-sitosterol (a phytosterol common to many plants and grains) produced marked improvement in anti-androgen activity.

Boarage Oil

Borage Seeds are one of only a few select plants that contain gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid that converts to a hormone called prostaglandin. Prostaglandin has both amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties as well as excellent dilative qualities. Evening primrose and black currant are two other plants known to possess GLA, but overall, studies show borage to be the richest source of this fatty acid, containing 20-30 percent, more than twice that of the more popular evening primrose source. Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is a good fat, and it also helps to hold back the onset of "Great Recession’ in male pattern balding. Borage oil is one of the best sources.

Regardless of the cause of hair loss, including borage oil (because of the omega-3 fatty acids present in it) in a diet may be able to prevent further loss and encourage re-growth of the hair. The suggested dosage according to many herbal nutritionists is 100 to 500 mg daily.

Stinging Nettle for DHT Hair Loss

Stinging Nettle has been used for some centuries as a hair tonic to stimulate new hair growth and bring back natural hair color. But researchers today are still studying the relationship between Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone linked to hair loss in both men and women, and nettle. To date, no specific clinical studies have been conducted on the ability of nettle to treat hair loss. However, research does indicate that an extract of nettle root can prevent testosterone from converting to DHT, the hormone responsible for Male-Pattern Balding.

Green Tea Extract

Topical agents such as finasteride inhibit type II 5-alpha-reductase in hair follicles. Agents from tea (catechins, (-)epigallocatechin-3-gallate and (-)epicatechin-3-gallate) affect type I 5-alpha-reductase activity responsible for converting testosterone to DHT. All tea is derived from the same plant species, but types and varieties differ according to where and how the plants are grown and how the tea is produced. Catechins in green tea leaves are more potent. Black pekoe is allowed to dry and ferment, but green tea is not, thereby preserving catechin integrity.

Proanthocyanidins and Procyanidins in Grape Seeds

Proanthocyanidins and procyanidins (specifically OPCs, oligomeric proanthocyanidins) are a class of flavonoids found in woody plants. Two common sources of OPCs are grape seeds (Vitis vinifera) and white pine (Pinus maritima, P. pinaster). Procyanidin B-2 and procyanidin B-3, which directly stimulate epithelial cell growth and check the growth-inhibiting effect caused by TGF-beta2, are of specific interest. Supplementing with 100 to 200 mg proanthocyanidins daily in the form of OPC Grape Seed Extract is suggested for adults.

Procyanidins in Apple Skin

Procyanidin therapy shows promise as a potential cure for male pattern baldness as was supported by a 12 month study. Seven different published studies now confirm the profound hair-growth promoting effects of apple procyanidins. In tests on human hair cells, apple chemicals proved twice as effective as minoxidil to promote hair growth. The apple extracts were also clearly superior to less potent grape and grape seed extracts.

The richest known source of procyanidin B-2 are the skins of immature (baby) green apples. Polyphenols from apples have an astonishing range of health effects, and may be nature’s perfect antioxidant. Many people taking apple procyanidins in pill form notice faster hair growth, stronger fingernails, and softer, smoother skin.

In every study, apple procyanidins have proven safe for humans and animals. There is apparently no toxicity, no irritation, and no side effects. This natural hair loss remedy may be nature’s best option for millions of people who suffer from thinning hair, falling hair, and male pattern baldness.